Category Archives: navajo plying

Strawberry Season yarn – mostly done

Here’s the Strawberry Season braid, mostly spun up and Navajo plied. I divided the braid into three strips. What you see here is two-thirds of the braid – two out of the three strips. I still have one more strip to spin – and since I like the result of this – 206 yards/190 m of yarn, I’ll be doing the same drill – spinning it fine, and putting a lot of twist into the ply.

In this photo below, it hasn’t been washed yet.

And here it is after it’s been washed, bashed, thwacked and dried and plumped up a bit. It is a lovely yarn and I can’t wait to knit with it. But for the sake of “project completion” I will finish spinning the rest of the braid first.

That’s what I will do today so I can start knitting up some socks.

Night Owl – ombre inspired yarn

I blogged about this fibre a few posts back and now it is all spun up.  I spun the yarn quite finely with a lot of twist as I chain plied it.  You can really see the separate colours in this view.

I produced a decent 235 yard/ 207 m skein, 114g.

And here it is wound into a ball sitting next to another ombre inspired yarn I made during Spinzilla in October. The silk in these yarns really comes through.

Now I’m looking for a project. Thinking about a long shawl/scarf that would show off the colour gradations. What do you think?

Sweet Georgia Yarns – February – April 2011 Fibre Club

Felicia Lo at Sweet Georgia Yarns has a Fibre Club.  Once a month, for three months in a row — you get a braid of wonderfully dyed unspun fibre.  It’s a lovely way to experiment with new fibres and new spinning techniques.

Along with the fibre that you get with the club — approximately 4 oz — I ordered the additional amount. Which is double.  My thought was that I would experiement with the first braid and then settle in with a well considered spinning approach for the second braid.

Here are the results:

This is the February fibre.  It’s called “Sticky Jam”. It is 75% Bluefaced Leicester and 25% Tussah Silk.

I spun this very fine on my drop spindle and plyed it on my Ashford Traditional.
This double-ply skein is about 7/8ths of a braid.  So there’s more to go.

The March fibre is called “Placid Waters”.  It is 50% merino wool, 25% bamboo and 25% tussah silk.
Felicia Lo encouraged us to maintain the richness of the colourways by Navajo plying it.  The result is lovely and well advised.

The three skeins are the products of an entire braid. 

The April fibre is Falkland wool and the colourway is called “Vintage Postcards”.  The spinning advice was for spinning a low-twist single.  And the second advice is to spin slubs (a thick and thin yarn). 

Haven’t yet tried the slubs, but the skein shown is a low twist single.  It’s about 2/3rds of a braid.

That was time well spent.

So there’s a lot more spinning to do as I takle the second braid in each colourway.  Will try slightly different spinning techniques so I can really explore the fibre. 

And of course I signed up for the next Fibre Club – May to July!